The Strange Increase in Prion Diseases

Hopeful interpretation: better diagnosis. Scary interpretation: a new exposure

F. Perry Wilson, MD MSCE

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Increased Incidence in Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease. Source: JAMA Neurology 2023

In 1986, in Britain, cattle started dying.

The condition, quickly nicknamed “mad cow disease” was clearly infectious, but the particular pathogen was difficult to identify. By 1993, 120,000 cattle in Britain were identified as being infected

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F. Perry Wilson, MD MSCE

Medicine, science, statistics. Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale. New book “How Medicine Works and When it Doesn’t” available now.